There are lots of things to think about when designing and building a custom home: how many square feet, how many bedrooms, if you’ll add a music room or mother-in-law suite or garage workshop (or all of the above). But one of the most important decisions to make when planning your dream home is location, location, location. The right lot for your dream home will depend on several factors including light, space, privacy, views, and of course price. As you stand on an empty lot it might be easy to imagine sipping a glass of red on your back deck as you take in the panoramic Pacific Northwest views. Or maybe you envision a master suite with a corner soaking tub overlooking the Sound. Perhaps a music room with views of the majestic fir, cedar and spruce all around. It’s easy to envision the possibilities. It’s not always so easy to spot the pitfalls. When you are looking for the right piece of land for your home, here are some things to consider before you sign on the bottom line to purchase your lot.
- Grading and clearing: Grading and clearing can be budget busters. Get a clear estimate upfront of the potential costs to avoid surprises later.
- Community restrictions: You may imagine a spectacular view from your second story master suite, but community restrictions may have a height requirement that prevents you from building your home, your way. Be prepared with a thorough understanding of local and neighborhood ordinances and how they impact your home design.
- Wildlife permits: Part of the beauty and majesty of the Pacific Northwest is the wildlife. Building codes and permits must adhere to restrictions designed to promote the protection of wildlife. This will vary from one lot to another, so find out about the time and costs involved beforehand.